by Fr. Patrick Henry ReardonAn adequate theological analysis of the Incarnation must devote some attention to the Greek verb gignomai normally translated as "to become." Most often in biblical narratives this verb is used in an impersonal sense, egeneto ("it happened"), the equivalent of the Hebrew … [Read more...]
Dynamic of Salvation or Eternal Decree?
by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Since the understanding of anything---according to Aristotle---consists in the discernment of its cause, man's freedom cannot be understood, for the simple reason that a free choice is its own cause. It is impossible, therefore, to trace the effect to the cause. Like … [Read more...]
Paul On Providence And Predestination
by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Augustine's Mistake (or we could say 'Calvin's Confusion') is one of the deepest and most tragic blunders in the history of theology. Toward the end of a long reflection on the Holy Spirit---Romans 8---the Apostle Paul introduces the theme of Divine Providence, the … [Read more...]